Featuring remarks by Most Reverend John Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe
“… And is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights — the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation — the right to breathe air as nature provided it — the right of future generations to a healthy existence?” – President John F. Kennedy, June 10, 1963
The origin of the word “worship” means “attention to that which is worthy.” Nothing is more worthy of attention than the issue of world peace.
And perhaps no President of the United States has been more farsighted in his understanding of the process of peace than President John F. Kennedy. The President expressed his ideas for everyone in a monumentally important commencement address at American University on June 10, 1963.
At the time this speech represented a radical break from the Cold War thinking that had followed World War II and had dominated US foreign policy. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was so impressed by the speech that he had it reprinted throughout the Soviet Union. This is why the ideas articulated in this speech are so important today, when mankind desperately needs to be able to reach across differences, establish peaceful international cooperation, and end military conflicts.
On November 21 Massachusetts Peace Action is sponsoring a webinar in which we will watch President Kennedy’s American University Speech and listen to remarks by Most Reverend John Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe, and Molly McGinty, Associate Program Director, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. This will be followed by audience discussion.